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The Bobcats defense kept the pressure going en route to 32-7 win in Friday's homecoming game at Bobcat Stadium. Wochit

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Bloomfield at Valencia

The Bobcats cannot afford to take the winless Jaguars for granted.

Bloomfield (5-0) is among 11 total undefeated teams left in New Mexico, and one of two unbeaten teams in Class 4A alongside Grants.

Picking up a win over any Class 5A foe will also help the Bobcats’ playoff resume. On the flip side, losing to a winless team could prove costly five weeks down the road when the New Mexico Activities Association finalizes the playoff brackets.

Bloomfield’s stout defense is wreaking havoc again. The offense is keeping things simple by running plenty of quick outs and flat routes to help set up go routes downfield.

Bloomfield has what it takes to not only get the top seed in the 4A playoffs, but also contend for the blue trophy that eluded them in Taos last December.

The Bobcats can’t afford to let up.

Aztec at St. Pius

The Tigers in all likelihood will have Bloomfield standing in the way of District 1-4A title hopes, but they’re already on the right path toward at least hosting a first-round 4A playoff game.

Beating another Class 4A class opponent would be another big checkmark.

Aztec demonstrated it can come from behind to win games, like last Friday when it scored 16 unanswered points to beat Bayfield 16-14. 

Should the Tigers get off to a rough start against St. Pius, they’ll know they’ve overcome double-digit deficits before.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.

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